Carbon nanotubes: a bullet in the fight against cancer




Carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes rolled carbon plates, store enormous potential to deliver therapeutic drugs, medicines and medical sensors directly to where they need to be to fight cancer cells.

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in diameter, just a few nanometers in length and – a couple of microns. Their potential as drug delivery systems and sensors for diagnostics and therapy at the cellular level, seriously got to consider a European company with a project CARBIO (multi-functional carbon nanotubes for medical use).

Project partners determine the potential of carbon nanotubes not only as drug delivery systems and sensors, but also as a universal method of treatment at the cellular level. Being rolled in a tube bullet, CNTs can stock up on drugs, sensors or heating elements.

Formulations encapsulated containment of carbon which prevents contact between the drug and other tissues. Content can be safely transferred to a specific location in the body, effectively hitting the diseased cells.

Actions carried curious breakthrough developing method using CNTs transport and release of anticancer drugs doxorubicin, carboplatin and used in chemotherapy for a wide variety of cancers.

Team CARBIO able to control the solubility of nanotubes, which allows them to easily control the release rate of the drug contained within. Regardless of solubility and physical and chemical properties of the material in the capsule does not vary.

On the advantages do not end there. In addition to the defeat of cells, CNTs can also act as an antenna that absorbs electromagnetic radiation. Thus, the heat may destroy the tumor from the inside.

Researchers found even project CARBIO way to avoid degradation of the materials that are being transported, and thus avoid any possible toxicity. CNTs provide an excellent system of “smart” transportation of drugs at the nanoscale.

The project CARBIO awakened international interest and was the catalyst for more than 10 development proposals, both in Europe and in other parts of the world. In Europe alone, CARBIO received EUR 3 million of funding. What’s next?

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